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Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

Tasting Notes for Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a dry, white wine. When Chardonnay grapes are planted on cool sites, the resulting wine's flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

Perfect Food Pairings for Chardonnay

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

Sommelier Secrets for Chardonnay

Since the 1980s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy this lighter style.

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  • Morlet Ma Douce Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Morlet Ma Douce Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Liquid Farm Golden Slope Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Liquid Farm Golden Slope Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Stonestreet Estate Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Stonestreet Estate Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Chanin Los Alamos Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Chanin Los Alamos Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Ramey Fort Ross-Seaview Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Ramey Fort Ross-Seaview Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Sixto Uncovered Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Sixto Uncovered Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Washington
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  • Davis Bynum River West Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Davis Bynum River West Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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    • W&S91
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  • Pali Wine Co Charm Acres Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Pali Wine Co Charm Acres Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Amici Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Amici Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Eden Rift Estate Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Eden Rift Estate Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Cienega Valley, Central Coast, California
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    4.8 23 Ratings
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  • Failla Platt Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Failla Platt Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Failla Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Failla Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Donelan Nancie Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Donelan Nancie Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Secret Indulgence Evoluna Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Secret Indulgence Evoluna Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Stonestreet Upper Barn Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Stonestreet Upper Barn Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Radio-Coteau Savoy Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Radio-Coteau Savoy Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • La Jota W.S. Keyes Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    La Jota W.S. Keyes Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Liquid Farm FOUR Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Liquid Farm FOUR Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • RP92
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